453 Search APIs: eBay, Google Ajax Search and Foursquare

Wendell Santos, November 27th, 2012

eBayOur API directory now includes 453 search APIs. The newest is the Automatton Instant Answers API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the eBay API. We list 220 eBay mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of search APIs.

123 Database APIs: GeoNames, Freebase and Yahoo Query Language

Wendell Santos, May 23rd, 2012

GeoNamesOur API directory now includes 123 database APIs. The newest is the BigTable API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the GeoNames API. We list 81 GeoNames mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of database APIs.

Yahoo Term Extraction is Reborn as Content Analysis

Garrett Wilkin, December 22nd, 2011

Yahoo Content AnalysisThe new Yahoo Content Analysis API capitalizes on the success of its term extraction API while adding new functionality. The reborn implementation not only extracts terms and entities but ranks them based on perceived importance within the article. Peter Levinson, product manager for Yahoo Content Analysis, says “The new API gives developers actionable metadata about their content. By extracting and then ranking terms on the page, the API separates signal from noise in unstructured content.”

One API for the Web, Oh the Possibilities

Guest Author, December 14th, 2011

DatafinitiThe API landscape is an extremely well chronicled and championed space. Every product has its own API nearly, and developers still get excited about digging into the newest, greatest data on the market. It’s the developer equivalent of having to have the newest Apple gadget, right when it becomes available.

In our zeal to access more and more data though, we’ve forgotten what working with data is supposed to be all about.

48 New APIs: Datafiniti, EPA Envirofacts and Social Games Mechanics Platform

Wendell Santos, October 16th, 2011

This week we had 48 new APIs added to our API directory including an SMS integration service, environmental database, web hosting management services, social games mechanics platform, realtime public transit information and a book trading community service. In addition we covered Datafiniti’s efforts to provide the web’s datasets via SQL queries. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Web Crawling Powerhouse Datafiniti To Provide Web’s Datasets via SQL

Garrett Wilkin, October 11th, 2011

DatafinitiIf there’s a new dawn in the age of search, Datafiniti is the sun. They are the first to take a new and profound approach to search in years. Most search engines return a list of links to web pages, but Datafiniti has much bigger plans. Instead of links, they return a set of data. A search for a burrito in Texas would give you a list of restaurants complete with goodies like reviews in addition to the important bits like name and address. The dataset itself has been out there for years, but its the aggregartion and presentation that’s different. With the Datafiniti API, it is now possible for developers to easily integrate that data into web applications.

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